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We must realize that when basic needs have been met, human development is primarily about being more, not having more… 

– Dalai Lama XIV

New Basic Needs Newsletter Available

Check out the latest newsletter for the Summer 2023 season to learn more about what's happening with Rutgers Student Basic Needs.

Basic needs include, but are not limited to, food, housing, clothing, childcare, mental health, financial resources and transportation. At some point in your educational journey, you may face challenges in accessing adequate amounts of food, housing, financial or other resources. This is called basic needs insecurity and millions of college students experience it each year. To ensure that basic needs are met for all Rutgers students, on-campus resources and those available in the surrounding community are listed below.

Resource by Category

Food Assistance

Food AssistanceExplore a variety of food resources including the Rutgers Student Food Pantry, Mobile Pantry and NJ SNAP / WIC.

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Housing & Transportation

HousingSupport by connecting students to resources that provide suitable housing, shelter, transportation in the New Brunswick/Piscataway area.

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Emergency Aid

EmergencyShort-term emergency grants to help students experiencing financial hardship.

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Mental, Physical, & Spiritual Wellness

Mental wellnessLife skills and prevention services to help you thrive.

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Utility Assistance

UtilityResources to help students have access to affordable essential utilities such as electricity, heating, cooling, and water.

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Internet & Technology

internetResources to help students pay for internet service and connected devices, like a laptop or tablet.

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Child Care Resources

child careResources to help parents locate available childcare and other important tools to be successful.

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Faculty & Staff Resources

ResourcesResources on how to identify a basic needs and wellness situation, talking to students about these needs, and resources.

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What are Basic Needs (BN)?

We define Basic Needs as the essential resources that impact one’s health, sense of belonging, persistence, and overall well-being related to:

  • Food Security
  • Stable Housing
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Transportation
  • Quality Healthcare
  • Mental Health & Wellness

We provide referrals and supports for registered Rutgers students from a collective of on campus and off-campus programs.

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